Tips For Choosing And Sending Your Wedding Invitations

Wedding planning is exciting, but it also means having to make many decisions. From the dress to the venue, everything seems like such a big deal. One of the things that many people overlook is message conveyed by the choice of wedding invitations and stationery. Remembering that the invitation is the first thing your guests will see of your event, it should convey the tone clearly. Here's a look at a few of the basic wedding invitation tips that you'll want to remember.

Choosing The Right Invitations

When choosing your invitations, you'll want to think about the color options carefully. Many brides like to order invitations in the same color as the bridal colors. Look at many different invitation samples to evaluate the paper color and the ink options. In fact, many wedding invitation companies will even send you custom-printed samples. These samples let you see exactly how the print will look on each invitation. Finally, make sure you get a full sample of the invitation of choice before placing the full order.

Addressing Guests Properly

Don't underestimate the importance of the way that you address your invitations. You need to be sure that everything properly reflects the style of your event. If you aren't familiar with the standard invitation etiquette, you'll want to brush up a bit.

For example, if you are sending invitations to single friends or family members, the way you address the envelope will determine if they feel welcome to bring a guest or not. Address the envelope to the individual "and guest" if you are planning an extra seat for them to bring a guest. If you have limited space and are only welcoming those directly invited, skip the "and guest" text.

You also need to go through your guest list and identify those with a professional designation. Most people who carry a professional designation, such as doctors, prefer to be addressed accordingly. Formal address etiquette, which is typically followed for wedding invitations, calls for the title or designation to be spelled out, not abbreviated.

Sending Invitations In Time

In most cases, wedding invitations should be sent a couple of months before the big day. That allows people plenty of time to plan. However, you don't want to send them out too early. If you're many months to a year away from the wedding, send out a "Save the Date" card early and follow it up with the invitation later.

Make sure that you take the invitations to the post office personally so that they can be weighed and stamped appropriately. The last thing you need is to have your invitations returned for a lack of postage.

With so many details to address as you plan your wedding, the invitations shouldn't complicate matters. With these tips, you can choose and address your invitations with ease and get them to your guests on time.